Are you tired of the question “Where are we gonna eat tonight?” Well look no further! Here are ten unique and interesting restaurants around houston that are perfect for a night out.
85C Bakery Cafe
Often referred to as the “Starbucks of Taiwan,” 85C Bakery Cafe is a haven for pastry enthusiasts. Grab-and-go treats like fluffy milk bread, rolls dyed black with squid ink and stuffed with bacon, and guava-cream cheese croissants are offered in self-service cases, along with whole cakes, mousses, and more decadent treats. 85C’s signature sea salt coffee is also equal parts delicious and weirdly addictive.
Formerly known as Shade, this Heights favorite has undergone a major revamp, both aesthetically and in terms of the menu. Bright, European-inspired dishes are on offer, like a riff on panzanella made with labneh and cantaloupe.
Better Luck Tomorrow
Chef Justin Yu’s return to Houston’s dining scene has been much-anticipated. The early word is that the menu at this “bar with food” definitely doesn’t disappoint. The “party melt,” complete with a layer of crisped cheese, is an instant classic, and the creative, well-curated cocktail menu offers plenty of options for booze enthusiasts. Be sure to make a stop by this great spot!
Chapman and Kirby
This East Village newcomer is arguably Houston’s most stunning new spot. Equal parts lounge and restaurant, Chapman & Kirby serves up a varied menu of light bites, ranging from flatbreads to lobster tamales.
The first Texas outpost of what has been described as the country’s finest Sichuan restaurant quietly arrived in Houston earlier this month, and the crowds are already forming. This spot serves up a bounty of mouth-tingling dishes like mapo tofu, cold mung bean noodles, and wontons with “numb taste.”
Field and Tides
Former Liberty Kitchen chef Travis Lenig’s rustic-chic new restaurant takes inspiration from French, Southern, Italian, and Asian cuisines, making for a diverse menu packed with a ton of protein. Visit this restaurant and order up bacon-wrapped pork loin, roasted rack of venison, and confit duck leg paired with comforting sides like corn pudding.
FM Kitchen and Bar
Chef Ryan Hildebrand’s return to Houston’s restaurant scene is already attracting crowds. Outside of the excellent burger that originally inspired the concept, diners will also find solid plates of comfort food. Definitely plan to try the chicken fried steak and Fritos chili pie at this nearby spot.
Consider this Heights spot a summer home. The outdoor biergarten offers plenty of space for sipping exclusive German beers and local brews, and the house-baked pretzels and hand-cranked sausages make for an excellent foil to all those suds. If it’s too hot outside, pull up a spot at one of the giant communal tables indoors.
OHN Korean Eatery
Restaurateur Mike Tran’s empire grows again with this fiery new Korean eatery. In addition to a selection of fine soju, Ohn serves up both fusion dishes (like a Seoul-style smoked brisket) and traditional Korean plates like gungjung tteokbokki, or rice cakes stir-fried with scallions and chiles.
Say hello to the hottest new addition to the Texas ramen scene. This Austin restaurant brings nationally-acclaimed bowls of noodles, but the Tonkotsu Original (pork bone broth, chashu, ajitama, woodear mushroom and scallion) is probably its most classic. Cozy wooden blocks and large communal tables offer plenty of room to slurp, but don’t be surprised if you have to fight crowds in the restaurant’s first few months.